Category Archives: Accommodationism

The ecology of faith: what makes societies religious?

Along with some sociologists, I’ve long suspected that religiosity in today’s world derives largely from uncertainty in one’s life. This is based on several sociological studies of religion, showing striking positive correlations between social dysfunction and religiosity (the worse off a society, the more religious its members), combined with evidence that religiosity fluctuates with social dysfunction, but lags a […]

The New Yorker tries its hand at accommodationism

I find myself deluged with accommodationist articles today, so we’ll have one more post after this, and then, if you’re good boys and girls, we can have some cute animals. Nobody expects the New Yorker to come down on religion. And indeed, although there are pieces that in effect express the nonbelief of their authors […]

Templeton and the AAAS give money for seminaries to teach science and for scientists to become literate in theology

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; the U.S.’s largest organization of scientists) has a program called DoSER, which stands for “Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.” It’s run by Jennifer Wiseman, an astronomer who used to be Council President of the American Scientific Affiliation (“A network of Christians in the sciences”). The DoSER […]

Intersectional faith

This cartoon, from reader Pliny the in Between and posted at his site Pictoral Theology, is the answer to all those liberal apologists who tell us that “all faiths are at bottom really the same.” (That’s stupid on the face of it!). I like the liberal characterization of theistic evolution at top left. ~  

Accommodationism at the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is perhaps the finest museum of its type in the U.S. My old friend Betsy visited it during her trip to NYC with her husband to see the Rigged Dog Debate, and she sent me a picture from her visit to the Museum’s Hall of Human Origins. The […]

AccomodationFest: New York Times readers respond to David Barash

David Barash’s post in the Sept. 27 online New York Times, ““God, Darwin, and my college biology class,” incited a lot of discussion. In it Barash describes how he sees science and religion as incompatible, but also how he tells that to students in his animal behavior class at The University of Washington (a public university) in […]

Boudry’s Ten Commandments for faitheism

Philosopher Maarten Boudry at Ghent University, whom we’ve featured on this site before (see here and here, for instance), is a fierce opponent of accommodationism and has written a slew of good papers, sometimes with collaborators like Yonatan Fishman, on misconceptions about the “supernatural” and on failed attempts to reconcile science and religion. In other words, he’s a philosopher […]

The Albatross revealed!

I discovered—from Matthew Cobb!—that the Albatross, under its real name, has now appeared on Amazon. Here it is (note that the publication date of May 19 is provisional): You will note that the name “Richard Dawson” is in the blurb on the site; it will be changed to “Richard Dawkins” ASAP. I like the cover (that […]

Karen Armstrong osculates religion on the BBC

Reader Colin sent an email that Karen Armstrong was on the BBC this morning. His note, below, got me to listen to the first 15 minutes of the 43-minute show, the part that is pretty much a monologue by Armstrong before other discussants take over. His email: If you can stomach it, you might find the interview on […]

David Barash on the incompatibility of science and faith

As I mentioned two posts ago, David Barash, a biologist at the University of Washington who works on animal behavior and evolution, has a post in today’s New York Times, “God, Darwin, and my college biology class.”  It’s basically an argument for the incompatibility of science and religion, and I like it a lot, not […]


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